Patients frequently have questions about ways to be more relaxed and comfortable during certain med spa treatments. Often, the answer lies in Pro-Nox “anesthesia.” Pro-Nox is a self-administered nitrous oxide delivery system that is used for pain and anxiety relief during various cosmetic procedures.
Patients who have tried Pro-Nox, love using it for many different cosmetic procedures at our Tifton medical spa. If you’re considering a treatment and worried about potential pain or anxiety during your appointment, you likely have some questions about how Pro-Nox might help. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of Pro-Nox in cosmetic procedures.
What is Pro-Nox?
Pro-Nox is a pain and anxiety relief system that delivers a 50/50 mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a handheld device. Patients inhale the mixture through a mouthpiece during their cosmetic procedure, which helps to reduce anxiety and provide pain relief.
How does Pro-Nox work?
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas and has been used in medical settings for over a century. When inhaled, it helps reduce anxiety and provides pain relief without inducing unconsciousness, making it an ideal option for patients who wish to remain awake and alert during their cosmetic procedure. Pro-Nox specifically delivers a 50/50 mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a handheld device that patients can use to self-administer as needed. The device allows patients to control the level of nitrous oxide they receive simply by how often they take a puff. The rest of the time, they just breathe room air so they can adjust the Pro-Nox amount as necessary to maintain their comfort level.
What are the benefits of using Pro-Nox for cosmetic procedures?
Pro-Nox offers several benefits for patients undergoing cosmetic procedures. One of the primary benefits is that it provides pain and anxiety relief without the need for injections or other invasive methods. This can be particularly beneficial for patients who are nervous or anxious about their procedure, or who have a low pain tolerance. Additionally, Pro-Nox allows patients to remain awake and alert during their procedure, which can be important for certain types of treatments where patient feedback is necessary.
What types of cosmetic procedures can Pro-Nox be used for?
Pro-Nox can be used for a variety of cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser treatments, dermal filler injections, and more. It can be particularly beneficial for procedures that may be uncomfortable or cause anxiety, such as microneedling, stronger energy-based treatments or injectable treatments on the neck, around the eyes, and in other tender areas.
One great place that I use it is for first-time injectable patients. Often my patients will choose to use it, have the procedure completed, and then say, “wow that wasn’t too tough at all.” Then they may not even request it the next time. On the other hand, some patients just love the fact that they can be so relaxed and at ease during a procedure and request it every time. With that said I did all these procedures long before Pro-Nox was available, and patients did just fine. This is just another option in my toolbox.
Is Pro-Nox safe?
Pro-Nox is generally considered safe and well-tolerated by most patients. Because it is a non-invasive method of pain relief, it has a low risk of side effects. Part of the built-in safety factor is the fixed 50/50 mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This means that the more nitrous you use, the more oxygen you get. And since oxygen makes up 21% of room air, you can be confident you are breathing 50% oxygen with every puff from the device. However, as with any medical procedure, patients should discuss their individual risks and benefits with their provider before undergoing treatment with Pro-Nox.
How long does the effect of Pro-Nox last?
The effects of Pro-Nox usually wear off within a few minutes of stopping the inhalation. This means that patients can resume their normal activities relatively quickly after their procedure is complete. Unlike using oral or injected pain or anxiety medications, patients can drive themselves home after the procedure. I tell patients that the effects last about 5 minutes. After you take your last puff, we are cleansing the skin, reviewing our written postoperative instructions, and completing the check-out process. In general, this all takes about 10 minutes, and by then, you are definitely ready to leave. We will always evaluate you before you are released.
What are the potential side effects of Pro-Nox?
While Pro-Nox is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects that patients should be aware of. These may include dizziness, nausea, headache, or fatigue. However, these side effects are usually mild and short-lived, and most patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after their procedure is complete.
Is Pro-Nox covered by insurance?
In most cases, Pro-Nox is not covered by insurance for cosmetic procedures. However, some insurance plans may cover it for certain medical procedures or if it is used for pain management during a medical procedure. The good news is that in any case, this is a very inexpensive add-on to use during your procedure.
How do I know if Pro-Nox is right for me?
If you are considering a cosmetic procedure and are nervous or anxious about it, Pro-Nox may be a good option for you. It is a safe and effective method of pain and anxiety relief that can improve your overall comfort during your procedure. Still, it is important to discuss your individual risks and benefits with your provider to determine if Pro-Nox is the right choice for you.
Your Next Step
Now that you know Pro-Nox is a safe and effective method of pain and anxiety relief, you can feel more comfortable about scheduling your next cosmetic treatment. Call us at (229) 387-2008 or request a free consultation today at Sole. We can help you create a treatment plan that’s perfect for your goals and help you decide if Pro-Nox is a good choice for you. People travel from Albany, Valdosta, Douglas, Cordele, and throughout the region for treatments at our Tifton, GA, medical spa.